Srinagar | Mar 24 : Finally the snow that had blocked PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s path to J&K CM’s chair has been cleared. In a much awaited crucial party meet held at Mufti’s Fairview residence today, the PDP leaders and legislators unanimously elected Mufti as their leader in the lower house of 87-member J&K Legislative assembly.
Talking to press after the meeting, the PDP chief thanked the Party legislators for choosing her as their leader.
With this development, J&K will soon see the elected government. The oath ceremony, according to sources, will likely take place on March 29 in Jammu.
After hectic deliberations and talks PDP and BJP seem to have finally agreed to continue the alliance. The first breakthrough in melting the ice came when Mehbooba met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mehbooba said she was satisfied with the meeting.
Mehbooba represents south Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency in the Lok Sabha. It may be mentioned that Jammu and Kashmir has been without an elected government after Mehbooba’s father and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died in a Delhi hospital.
Mehbooba was widely speculated to take over the reins soon but she dragged her feet on continuing to ally with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and wanted it to redraw the alliance terms that her father had stitched. (PTK)
2015 Kashmir Despatch